By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees

Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed to tailor and streamline the process; outlook for arbitration in England and Wales, in light of Brexit and the competition from court litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).